Top Shelf (for tall people)

United States
November 15, 2009 5:00pm CST
The other day I was in a retail store. I observed a woman spinning her cart in circles and going back and forth in the same spot. I stopped to watch what she would do next. She began climbing the cart and reaching for the top shelf! I quickly ran over and asked if she needed some help. "4 of those Pepsis!" She was so grateful and so was I. It was a dangerous situation and she easily could've gotten hurt. In fact, I think she was seconds from disaster. Are there any other tall people out there who have helped people reach things?
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
16 Nov 09
Hmm, I'm not that tall so I'm not the one who usually helps. I've been helped a few times by taller folks though. Yes, sometimes it baffles me why the grocery store would position things in such high shelves when there are other places to store them which are easier to reach. It was nice of you to help her out like that.
• United States
16 Nov 09
Thank you! I don't mind helping people out in this way. I've done it before. I've also been asked to get things for people, it doesn't bother me at all. I know if I were short, I'd appreciate the help. Also, while I'm not short, I'm not perfect and whatever help I give will come back to me in other ways. :-)
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
16 Nov 09
It's nice of you to help. There have been instances where I'd ask for help and people would just shake their heads for some reason like I'm asking them to have an affair with me or something. There were instances where I had to hop about and jump to reach what I wanted.
• United States
16 Nov 09
That's ridiculous that people shake their heads and don't want to help. But, in today's world, it doesn't surprise me. I just thought of a good idea. When people shake their heads and aren't going to help you, ask, tell them they can just give you a boost if they would prefer. :-)
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I am sure I have in the past, though usually it would be family and at home, and at not at the store. Though I would glady help someone reaching for something they couldn't quite get to at a store! Dangerous situations await when climbing on a buggy or even the shelf itself!
• United States
16 Nov 09
Yes, there where alot of soda bottles on all those shelves. The shelves themselves where metal. The buggy was empty, very light and unsturdy. And the woman was having problems even getting up on the buggy! I ran over just as she was turning around to grab a shelf. It would not have been a pretty sight.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Nov 09
No she could have seriously broken something, like her back, or her spine or something! Climbing up on a cart is stupid, but an empty cart is even more dumb! I am so glad you were there to rescue her, I am sure it would have been something she'd have regretted!
• United States
16 Nov 09
Yes, it was not a good idea. I saw her thinking about it and trying to figure out how she was going to pull it off, but it hadn't computed yet exactly what was about to happen until she put her foot up on the bottom rack of the cart, unsuccessfully trying to get up on it. I didn't say anything still because I thought she would've realized it wasn't a good idea. When I saw her going for it again, I ran over to her. The funny ending to the story is that while I was grabbing her the 5 pepsis, on the other side of her, waiting patiently to pass, was a man on one of the motorized carts for disabled people. He had seen the whole thing too. I looked at him and casually asked if he needed anything while I was up there. We all had a laugh, thankfully. :-)
@ehanby (18)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I'm 6'7" and it happens to me all the time. Usually people ask for help once they get over their awe. They stare at me for a few seconds, and exclaim "You're really tall." then they wait a few more seconds and say "Hey can you reach this/that for me." I don't mind though. I'm an Eagle Scout so I guess helping people is just what I do. I've jumped in and helped a lot of people but most of the time people ask me first.